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Isn’t team Magma in Ruby?
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Wow. Team Magma. I bet they use Water types, totally not fire types that could easily destroy grass type starters...
They use quite a lot of ground and Dark Types. I'm pretty sure Mudkip is almost always the best Starter. :P
Treecko has weaknesses. Mudkip doesn't.
Also if you don't choose Treecko, then you can use a Breloom, which is almost as good. The next best water Pokemon is significantly worse than Mudkip, and the next best ground Pokemon is even further down.
I mean, I do have a rock type move on my Sceptile to use against fire and flying type Pokémon.

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Team magma specialises in fire types, not water. Get mudkip in ruby instead. Water ground is great and I'm pretty sure it covers a lot of gyms

If you want a grass type in ruby, get breloom. I've only played a small part of emerald so this could be wrong, but the forest before you get to the first town has a small chance to encounter shroomish. Assuming this is in Pokemon ruby, you can evolve the shroomish into breloom and it will be a great addition. It does have 4x weakness to flying though

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Team Magma is really not a problem. Most of their fire Pokemon have no fire attacks and easily get one-shot by leaf blade. I think Treecko suffers a lot more in gyms and the Pokemon league.
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Well, Treecko actually is a good starter, only if you are playing Emerald. For Ruby/Sapphire, it is Torchic. Don’t blame me for the info.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jyz8LiKDR6s

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do you have an explanation on why mudkip is used in speedruns more?
Emerald does have more water opponents, but they usually aren't weak to grass or know ice beam.
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Hello Guys!!, I believe Treeko is not a good option in Pokemon ruby Because it has multiple weakness & less type coverage. I suggest you guys to choose Torchic as a starter Pokemon in Ruby Version of Pokemon. Torchic 3rd Evolution is Blaziken which has a decent Attack power and most type coverage in the Game.

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Blaziken is weak to water, which is a pretty common attack type.